The people, pageantry and places that inspired our time traveling sagas of adventure, romance and battle.
We call the trilogy...
MUSKETS IN THE MULTIVERSE
Readers have asked what motivated me, a retired N.Y.C. Marine Underwriter, to enter the world of novel writing? “After all, it’s expected that old geezers will simply putter around their yard or… putter on the golf course.” commented a friend, jokingly.
Retirement has allowed more time to focus on interests near and dear to me for decades. Among these are American Civil War history and military firearms of that period. As our Civil War Centennial approached, public interest “boomed.” In 1963 I joined, a group of men and women who shared these same interests.
This group, the North-South Skirmish Association, is made up of many individual units. Each adopts the name and uniform of a pre-existing unit of the Union or the Confederate Armies. We compete in target matches using original and replica Civil War period firearms. The matches are called skirmishes and we competitors are called skirmishers. Friends and families attend skirmishes and many life-long friendships are forged during these friendly, competitive get-togethers. Campfire chats often include discussions on how dramatic changes in history might have resulted…if some slight circumstances had been different. Even those who cared little for High School History courses found themselves drawn into these discussions. As the years roll by, empty spaces around the evening campfires are silent reminders for us to cherish special moments. I wondered if there was some way that I might preserve something of the camaraderie, color and sensations of skirmishing long after our campfires burned down and we returned to our normal lives? How might future folk, interested in history and what life might have been like in earlier times, share in the virtual time-jumping fun we had?
While still surrounded with the sights and sounds of the musketry, shouting voices and the pervasive aroma of black powder smoke at skirmishes, I decided that the time had come to satisfy a long-held desire. I would try to capture it all in a book…the men and women with their common and differing desires and interests… the time-traveling bull sessions and good natured banter around the skirmish campfires. Most of all…a study into how these individuals react when faced with possibilities never thought possible! I planned on writing just one novel but, due to the characters and their continuing adventures…there are now three!
We began with For The Want Of A Musket. Lost in time, a Civil War veteran on his way to a reunion with his old comrades-in arms, is attracted by voices and drawn to a campfire where there should be none. The adventures that develop from that old man’s investigation will be memorable for all those who read of it.
Next came Where Have All The Muskets Gone? The grandson of a Civil War veteran born in the 1890s, is stranded in the 1940s. He joins the U.S. Army to fight in WWII. The legacy he leaves behind changes world history.
The trilogy was brought to a close with the demise of two old Union and Confederate Veterans and their well-known friends help their younger followers to set free the people on another world in Make Me A Musket!
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